Hello! My name is Megan and I’m a Marketing and PR intern at the House. Recently the summer interns had the opportunity to make Lunch-2-Go for the families here. We wanted to share our experience with you here on the blog!
If you aren’t familiar with what Lunch-2-Go is, it’s a program that provides healthy brown bag to-go lunches for our guests. The goal of the program is to eliminate both the worry and the cost of a lunch for families that have to travel back and forth to the hospital, while giving them an enjoyable healthy meal. We’re able to provide this program because of a generous grant through Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which means we can purchase everything we need for our volunteer groups who prepare lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Last year alone there were 172 different groups that made Lunch-2-Go.
As we chopped fruit and vegetables and rolled three different kinds of wraps, families and other volunteers stopped by to chat about what we were making. Everyone in the House was genuinely interested in what we were doing and we struck up some good conversations about the best burrito wrapping techniques and what’s the best veggie to pair with hummus.
Rhea, the Events and Development intern, and I talked about how we need to start making our own grocery lists match the ingredients needed for recipes because they were such good inventive ideas for meals. “I was really happy doing it. I love to cook, but this food was a little more special than something I would have made just for myself,” Rhea said. We strive to make every meal special for the families staying at the House.
Even though preparing lunch made me more than a little hungry, it was still a satisfying experience. It’s nice to do things every once in awhile that have a more of a direct impact on the family’s lives, because sometimes the work we do as interns might be more behind the scenes and we don’t always get to interact with families every day.
Megan, the Family Service and Volunteer Management intern, talked about how gratifying it was to see all of our hard work be appreciated, “I thought it was crazy that when I came in the next day all the food was gone! It looks like they enjoyed it.”
This was a wonderful experience and we’re all looking forward to the next one! If you’re interested in helping make a meal for our families check out the different opportunities we have here or contact Chyna Witzke, our Family Meal Program Coordinator.